Vintage Campbells Soup Memorabilia
Vintage Campbell’s soup memorabilia relates to the American Campbell Soup Company.
History & Description
The company was founded by Joseph A. Campbell, a fruit merchant, and Abraham Anderson, an icebox manufacturer, in Camden, New Jersey, in 1869.
The Campbell Soup Company has produced a variety of canned food products, such as minced meats, tomatoes, jellies, vegetables and soups. Campbell’s products are sold in over 120 countries around the world.
Today, the Campbell’s soup can is one of the most recognisable designs in the world due to its popularisation by American artist Andy Warhol. During the 1960s and 1970s, Warhol took the already familiar design of the Campbell’s soup can and incorporated it into a series of Pop Art drawings, paintings and silkscreens.
Guide for collectors
The following guide relates only to products produced and distributed by the Campbell Soup Company and omits any items relating to Andy Warhol.
Vintage Campbell’s soup memorabilia is commonly sold at national and international auction houses and are frequently advertised on eBay.
There is an established community of Campbell’s soup collectors and there are a number of websites and organisations that are a great source of information. Perhaps the most comprehensive organisation is the official Collectors’ Club of Campbell Soup Memorabilia.
Notable auction sales
On November 16th 2006 at Doyle New York, a Campbell’s soup paper dress, circa 1960s, realised a price of $5,500.
On May 8th 2006 at Swann Galleries Inc. in New York, a Campbells’ soup poster, designer unknown, circa 1920s and 1930s, realised a price of $4,400.
On March 19th 2012, a Campbell’s soup paper dress, circa 1960s, was sold on eBay for $1,400.
On November 20th 2010 at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, a vintage Campbell’s soup porcelain sign realised a price of $1,200.
On October 30th 2005 at Rago Modern Auctions LLP in Lambertville, New Jersey, a Campbell’s soup paper dress, circa 1960s, realised a price of $1,100.
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